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R&D Scientist II - Polymers


A career with MilliporeSigma is an ongoing journey of discovery: our 58,000 people are shaping how the world lives, works and plays through next generation advancements in Healthcare, Life Science and Electronics. For more than 350 years and across the world we have passionately pursued our curiosity to find novel and vibrant ways of enhancing the lives of others. MilliporeSigma is a business of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany.    


Your Role:

The R&D Scientist III - Polymers at MilliporeSigma in Milwaukee, WI will focus on developing novel polymers for biomedical applications including drug delivery, tissue engineering, and 3D bioprinting. The Scientist is responsible for innovation & commercialization of new products and collaborates with cross-disciplinary teams to enrich the Materials Science Polymer Products portfolio. Key responsibilities include:


  • Understand business and customer needs, identify market opportunities, and contribute to strategies and tactics of product development.
  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams such as R&D, Product Management, Business Management, Quality Control, Production, and external collaborators to build a strong products portfolio.
  • Work independently with substantial discretion yet within the broader guidelines of company policies and make sound decisions based on team strategies and goals.
  • Lead complex projects, proactively solve technical challenges, meet time-bound milestones, and mentor & motivate junior team members.
  • Employ technical knowhow in polymerization and analytical techniques to develop new products, process improvement, and scale-up manufacturing.   
  • Represent R&D at internal and external events such as technical conferences, meetings, and customer engagements.
  • Maintain accurate and complete lab notebooks, analyzing and summarizing data in presentations and reports. Contribute to the creation of a strong IP portfolio, trade secrets, and technical publications.


Who You Are:

Minimum Qualifications


  • PhD in Chemistry, Materials Science, or other scientific discipline.
  • 3+ years’ experience in synthesis of polymers for biomedical applications.


Preferred Qualifications 


  • 5+ years’ experience in polymer products development.
  • In-depth understanding of the biomedical materials market and broad knowledge of polymers used in biomedical applications.
  • Knowledgeable with emerging technical areas and technologies in the fields of biomedical research.
  • Extensive hands-on experience in polymer synthesis using a variety of polymerization techniques. 
  • Experience with DOE for process optimization and scale-up development.
  • Excellent organizational, time management and interpersonal skills.
  • Experience working in a multidisciplinary team environment and coaching/mentoring junior team members.
  • Outstanding written and oral communication skills, including the ability to write technical reports, summarize data, and make effective presentations.
  • Self-motivated with a strong desire to make an impact and grow professionally.

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Job Requisition ID:  242209
Location:  Milwaukee
Career Level:  D - Professional (4-9 years)
Working time model:  full-time

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